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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Rob Amir

Partner, Vine Alternative Investments

Rob is a Partner and Head of Transaction Analytics and Music Originations at Vine Alternative Investments. Prior to joining Vine, Rob spent over ten years in investment banking followed by five years in an operating role in the entertainment sector. Rob began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick where he worked in the Corporate Transactions Group. He then joined BT Alex. Brown, where he was responsible for underwriting transactions for the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Rob then transitioned to the origination side of the business, joining JP Morgan’s Real Estate Structured Finance group in 1999 and then Banc of America Securities’ Real Estate Structured Finance group in 2001. After that, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2005 to 2010 where he was primarily responsible for greenlighting films, raising capital and structuring distribution deals and strategic initiatives. Immediately, prior to joining Vine, Rob was a Managing Director at Rizvi Traverse Management focused on capital raising and evaluating and structuring investments for content owners, distributors and investors in the media space worldwide. Rob is based in Los Angeles and is currently focused on Vine’s origination efforts to be a source of long term creative capital for the music sector leveraging off of Vine’s long dated expertise in structured transactions in the entertainment space.

Rob holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

CLE: The New Music Acquisitions Market

The M&A market for music catalogs and companies has evolved significantly over the past few years. New buyers are entering the marketplace on a regular basis, with funding from a range of domestic and foreign investors. Writers and rights owners who had not considered selling are now rethinking those decisions as sale multiples continue to increase. As the economic impact of streaming continues to develop, valuation models continue to evolve in ways that are more favorable to sellers, especially of more recent material. All of this is complicated by the COVID-19 crisis and its current and predicted effect on licensing income and the consumer market. This panel will cover how the M&A market continues to develop and how it is likely to be impacted by these changes to industry economics.